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Vivita Rabo

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Contact email: vrabo@mhjc.school.nz
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Twitter username: @vrabo1

About me

I am a specialist teacher of the deaf, employed by Kelston Deaf Education Centre (KDEC), working at their provision in Mission Heights Junior College, Auckland, New Zealand. I am a Primary school teacher, specializing in deaf education with experience in Fiji and New Zealand. Whilst teaching at Mission Heights Junior College, I have completed a Master of Education through the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury, my research focused on Pasifika Deaf students and families, looking at challenges and improving their outcomes. I am also currently part of a KDEC team, developing a school-wide Pasifika Initiative to raise achievement for our Pasifika deaf students by reinforcing partnerships with their families and communities.

My professional philosophy is based on the ‘harakeke‘ plant analogy, the young shoots represent the student: fragile, young and in need of proper nourishment from the older leaves and enrichment from the earth. The older leaves represent the student’s teachers, educators, families and communities who all play an important role in the development and success of the student. The relationships between these stakeholders and the student are the supportive structures necessary for growth. If the old leaves do not support and nurture the young shoots, it is likely that the young shoots would struggle to grow and not become a strong and stable ‘harakeke‘ plant.

The core elements embedded within my professional philosophy is for learners with hearing impairment to be actively involved and be self directed in their own learning. This has ‘sparked’ an on-going inquiry, to explore e-learning platforms that facilitate teaching and learning for learners with hearing impairment. This will be through networking and sharing with teachers, to develop a much needed virtual space, where all stakeholders can share best practice and cutting edge ideas, to improve the outcomes for learners with hearing impairment.

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  • Roxy Hickman

    Kia Ora Vivita,

    Welcome to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Group!

    The UDL group is a facilitated space with a wide range of discussions and resources.
    A great place to start is to watch the video UDL at a Glance: /discussion/view/820983

    Also the discussion on Examples of how various apps support UDL Guidelines is also a good way to make connections between UDL and current classroom practice.

    I'm sure you have browsed around the group, I hope you will join discussions, ask questions and share your thoughts within the group.

    I look forward to connecting online with you.

    Ngā mihi nui
    Roxy & the UDL Team

  • Tessa Gray

    Kia ora Vee and welcome to the VLN and Enabling e-Learning groups.

    I am part of the online team and we are here to support you and help you get the most out of the VLN community.


    Each fortnight we put together the e-learning round-up on the blog, it is well worth skimming through to see the latest discussions and links, /blog/group/118255/all.

    You might also like to join the "Getting started on the VLN" group, here you will find a wealth of tips (profile image/detail) to help you get the most out of the VLN.


    If you want to know more about VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups, you can view this webinar recording >>> http://

    Looking forward to working with you online.

    Ngā mihi nui, nā Tessa.

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